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Heat takes its toll on activists

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2011 23:37 IST
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The medical aid unit set up at Ramlila Maidan, the ground zero for fight against corruption, has its hands full.

On Monday, two people suffered heart attack and were taken to Lok Nayak Hospital. Also, more than 3,500 people have so far been treated for dehydration, cramps and skin rashes prompted due to the mercury touching 35 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Nearly 70 of the protesters were packed off in ambulances after administering drip as

they suffered from excessive dehydration, doctors said. “About 32 people had fainted due to heat and humidity,”

they added.

More than 60 doctors from the Indian Medical Association in Delhi and Ghaziabad (west), are working round the clock in shifts to ensure prompt medical help.

Armed with medicines for common ailments and cut injuries as well as those for dehydration, gastro-enteritis and fever, the doctors said all of them are volunteers for the anti-corruption campaign.

Apart from dehydration for which ORS packets are being distributed, a lot of people are turning up at the medical unit with bruises. Doctors said due to a large gathering, many people get hurt after falling.

The doctors at the medical aid unit referred more than 300 persons to nearby hospitals. “Most of these people are on indefinite fast,” Dr Chibbar added.

The health camp also saw a large number of people coming extending their support by offering to sponsor medicines.

“A number of people have left their phone numbers and have said they would want to help in procuring medicines,” said a volunteer at the health unit.

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